Porch Goals

You don’t have to live on the waterfront to be inspired by this Southern porch designed for lingering.

Photo by Bailey Chastang

Sit a Spell
Comfortable seating is essential for any gathering space. Weather-resistant furniture in earthy shades are smartly grouped to create distinct spaces — a cozy dining area, perfect for summertime picnics or fall candlelit dinners, and a casual conversation spot, ideal for after-dinner drinks or early-morning brews. 

Under Foot
Coastal porches traditionally have painted floors, but the look still feels fresh on a variety of house styles no matter the address. A soft neutral — or even a fun, vibrant color — under bare feet perfectly says summer, with a southern drawl. The fact that paint is super affordable and covers a myriad of flaws makes it a win every time.

Privacy, please
These rustic-looking shutters serve triple duty, not the least of which is protection from high winds sweeping across the water. Aesthetically, the warm-toned wood provides a touch of southern charm and blends with the outdoor surrounds. And as far as privacy goes, you’d be hard-pressed to find a prettier screen than this.

Look Up! 
A “haint blue” ceiling discourages swarming insects and nesting birds. The blue-green hue is also said to keep spirits away, according to folklore.

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